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Poking Holes in Citizen Journalism: The Bad Citizen

Poking Holes in Citizen Journalism: The Bad Citizen

Citizen journalism, also known as “participatory journalism,” is the act of citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information”

Or that’s what Wikipedia says. But can I really trust Wikipedia? In yet another blow to the accuracy of the free online encyclopedia, it was confirmed today that an entry that was deemed to be in the top 0.2% to 0.3% of all Wikipedia articles, was in fact a complete fabrication.

The entry has to do with the NPA Personality Theory, which is a personality theory invented by Anthony M. Benis, and (after being listed on the site as a ‘Good Article’ for most of this year) has now been deemed to not meet the notability requirements of Wikipedia.

The result was delete. —Michael Snow 19:15, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

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As if this wasn’t a big enough problem already, Wikipedia has also been hit by hackers and worms.

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